Breakthough composer signs off
Max Vernon Matthews, one of the first musicians to extract coherent sounds from a computer, has died in San Francisco, aged 84. Matthews was important less for original compositions as for the path that he lit for others to work with the infernal machine. He was a significant influence and facilitator for Pierre Boulez in […]
Aussie arts manager in line for top China post
It is being authoritatively reported in Hong Kong that the search for a leader of the turbulent West Kowloon cultural district has narrowed down to one. The authorities are talking to Michael Lynch, former head of the Sydney Opera House, which he revitalised, and of London’s South Bank Centre, where he brought a reconstruction project […]
Locked-out musicians play Mozart on TV
Five players from the Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires, locked out by their government, have taken their case to prime-time television with a fizzing performance of Mozart’s clarinet quintet. The players are Violins: Elias Gurevich and Ala GubaidulinaViola: Christine BaraCello: Nicolas RossiClarinet: Carlos Fernandez And the performance is just up here on youtube. Muy bien.
Prince Charles puffs up his fave composer
I have been invited to a film preview and am all a-twitter with excitement. The film has been made by the Heir to the Throne and it’s about a composer he really, really likes. He’s going to tell us why, for about an hour, I guess. Now, normally I’d be off to a Royal Command […]
… and one green shoot
A cello student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama was looking around one day, wondering what he could do with all these wonderful talented people he was meeting. I know, he thought, let’s make a festival back home. Mostly local, some London pals. Jonathan Bloxham is now 23 and Northern Chords is coming […]
Orchestral spring? well, it's certainly open season
Another day, another orchestra bites the dust. The New Mexico Symphony is the latest bankruptcy in America. Bedfordshire Youth Orchestra the most recent British casualty of funding cuts. In Albuquerque, NM, the musicians learned their fate from reading newspapers. In Britain no print or broadcast medium has yet reported the death in Beds. These are […]
Another orchestra goes under
Wretched news from the English shires. One of the country’s best youth orchestras gave its last concert this week, after a lifeline of local authority funding was cut off. Bedfordshire, not the north of London, is not a poor part of the country, but the council has to adjust to lower grants from central government […]
Hot pianist tip confirmed
A month ago I reported that pianist Helene Grimaud was on the move to IMG. The deal is announced today: Hélène Grimaud IMG Artists Announces Worldwide Representation of Hélène Grimaud IMG Artists is delighted to announce the exclusive worldwide representation of pianist Hélène Grimaud. Working in association with her personal manager, Scumeck Sabottka of Harm´s Way/Berlin, IMG Artists will plan and […]
Would you respond to this appeal?
I’ve received a letter from the Philadelphia Orchestra, urging me to offer financial support in these difficult times. Although couched in the smarmiest PR-speak and promising a wonderful future, everything about the letter is wrong. It announces that the company has sought bankruptcy protection and is therefore in deep trouble. It announces no change of […]
Shall I go as a Nazi or a nun?
The Austrian Embassy has invited me to a dinner to announce the most exciting event to hit Salzburg since Herbert von Karajan discovered botox. It is – I can hardly wait – the very first time that the city of salt has put on its own, its very own production of The Sound of Music. […]